April 30, 2011 On this week's podcast we'll hear about bringing activity into sedentary lifestyles and bringing healthier, more local food into elementary schools.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/135842906/135847116" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
April 29, 2011 In her new book "Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution, Vanderbilt University professor Holly Tucker tells the sometimes gory history of blood transfusions, a practice that she says began before doctors knew anything about blood types or immunology.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/135841005/135840981" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
April 29, 2011 Medicare could save millions if patients with macular degeneration switch to a $50 cancer drug that's just as effective as a $2,000 drug approved for the eye disease. But it was a long haul to get the clinical trial done to prove it.
The armadillo is the only animal, besides humans, that is known to carry leprosy-causing bacteria.
April 28, 2011 Genetic studies have confirmed that some humans handling armadillo meat contracted a never-before-seen strain of the bacterium that causes leprosy. The armadillo is the only animal, besides humans, that is known to carry the bacterium.
April 28, 2011 Diet and exercise can keep you slim, but scientists suggest another way to maintain your svelte figure is to hang out with skinny friends.
Test tubes for insulin.
Neil Brake/Vanderbilt Medical Center
April 27, 2011 Gastric bypass surgery cures type 2 diabetes in up to 80 percent of patients. Now scientists are beginning to figure out why. And weight loss may be the least of it.
Treadmills desks can be built at home as long as you have a treadmill.
Sharyn Morrow/Wikimedia Commons via Flickr
April 27, 2011 As a backlash brews against the office chair, the treadmill desk is gaining a loyal following. Two treadmill desk users say that walking while working not only burns calories but makes them more productive and gives them more energy.
Feeling depressed? It might be the Advil.
April 25, 2011 Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs make SSRI antidepressants less effective, which may help account for the fact that the widely used antidepressants don't help many people.
If you can't wrinkle your brow, you might not know how I'm feeling.
April 25, 2011 That Botox-smoothed brow may make it harder for someone to empathize with other people's feelings. That's because we tend to mirror each others' expressions while talking. And it may be the muscles of the face that help us key into those emotions.
Are BPA-free bottles really safer than the ones that are chock-full of bisphenol A? Good luck trying to find out.
April 25, 2011 Parents worry about exposing their children to chemicals like BPA, but nobody knows for sure what they do. That's because current law doesn't require that chemicals be tested for safety before hitting the market. The American Academy of Pediatrics wants the EPA to change that.
Orthopedist Popi Gianakouras helps 45-year-old Bob Rothaker with physical therapy to treat his sore shoulder.
April 25, 2011 A reporter thought that Achilles tendon and knee injuries from running might mean he'd never be able to enjoy the sport again. It turns out that the pain may have been from lack of use. But stretching and strengthening exercises can reverse that decline.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/135599703/135697163" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Most Americans spend the majority of their waking hours sitting still in front of a computer or television.
April 25, 2011 Scientists are discovering that people who sit more have higher levels of cholesterol, blood sugar and triglycerides and even bigger waist sizes. But breaking up a day of inactivity with movement, even if just for a few minutes, can make a difference.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/135575490/135697162" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
April 23, 2011 On this week's podcast, the search for wild greens in the city; bug repellent in citrus fruit; and a quick nap during a long night of work.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/135640211/135847066" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
April 22, 2011 Two studies find evidence that a newer type of oral contraceptive may increase the risk a woman will develop dangerous blood clots. But a leading maker of the pills defended them and said the new studies are flawed.
April 22, 2011 For the first time in 27 years, the guidelines clinicians use for diagnosing Alzheimer's disease have changed, emphasizing earlier detection and biological tests for the illness. The National Institute on Aging's Creighton Phelps explains the changes and why they were made.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/135634396/135634378" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
NPR thanks our sponsors
Become an NPR sponsor